Parisians are rude, they drive like they are actually trying to run over you, and basically nothing is good enough for them. And Paris- don't get me started on the dirty streets, the need to use public transportation and the lack of activities.
Did I mention this was coming from a past me that had never actually been...? Not cool, former self, not cool.
I have been in Paris for a little over 72 hours, and can honestly say I am the happiest little tourist. I even disagree with almost everything I had previously thought about this city.
As a health enthusiast with a need to move, my first concern is always health. The thought of a place where all I would do is be tortured by bread and cheese, be 'forced' to sit and drink all day due to lack of other activities, actually gave me anxiety. My experience has been a beautiful surprise.
I nailed down a few of the highlights, so far. (Mainly the highlights are bread and bread but for the sake of blogging, please continue below.)
5 Reasons I changed my mind about disliking Paris:
The City is beautiful. I mean seriously- the old, traditional buildings with the shutters, the tin roofs, the fall colors, the monuments, the water ways, the bridges. It's the real deal and I just can't get enough of it.
Parisians are actually not all rude. In fact, every time I have been lost, or had a question (I purposely would try to find the person least likely to help me to secretly prove to myself I was right and that they were in fact rude wankers that would send me the wrong way), the Parisian was always polite, and helped me along my way . They even smile! Crazy, I know.
Endless cafes and wine bars. Like actually everywhere. Enough said.
The metro and public transportation. You're not obliged to use it (Paris has many bike rentals, their version of "Scoot" rentals, and electric car shares), but trust me you will actually want to. It is SO easy and efficient. Even the original tile work in the underground tunnels are fascinating.
They are (slowly) catching on to plant-based foods and cafes, yoga and wellness as a whole. They even have full supermarkets dedicated to Vegan products called 'Naturalia' ( for when you need a break from all the cheese).
This morning I ran in the winter cold air, took a yoga class, and was introduced to Brunch- The French Way.
We went to my cousin's friends new bakery and it was amazing- check it out here). Sorry to say America, but they do it better.